Proposing marriage to a loved one can be a tricky business. Can you imagine spending weeks or even months choosing a romantic vacation destination, organizing the flight details, remembering to pack the engagement ring, and steeling your nerves, only to have the entire surprise ruined by airport security unpacking your ring's box?
East Midlands Airport in the UK has figured out a way to help keep the magic alive so close to Valentine's Day. The airport launched a service that allows soon-to-be-betrothed travelers to secretly bring aboard your engagement ring without your significant other knowing. If you contact them ahead of your flight, they'll give you a secret code, which you then mention to security. From there, they'll take you away from your partner to do a security check in a different line altogether, thus keeping the planned proposal private.
East Midlands Airport’s head of security, Matthew Quinney, told the Nottingham Post:
It would put a big damper on someone’s meticulously planned romantic trip if their big surprise was revealed even before they’ve boarded the plane. Arguably, there are more romantic places to be proposed to than in our security hall. So, out of courtesy to those who have been planning this moment for weeks or months, we have put in measures to ensure we’re not the cause of failed marriage proposals. After all, we want customers to return again and again.
East Midlands Airport even started their own hashtag to celebrate the program, and word is starting to spread.
Planning on 'popping the question' this Valentine's Day when abroad? So we don't spoil the surprise by exposing the ring to your soon-to-be-fiancé at security, let us be part of the plan! DM us or find out more here: https://t.co/AWBN7x27jT#LoveIsInTheAirport ❤️ pic.twitter.com/UNqpNK3gKr— East Mids Airport (@EMA_Airport) January 27, 2018
Some people don't get it, though. It's all about the magic, Nathan.
I won’t like to put an expensive ring in my luggage. Incase it went missing 😓💔— Jo Reed (@JoReed72) January 25, 2018